Erik returned to KWQC in 2011 after spending 4 years in Minneapolis/St. Paul as the weekend meteorologist at KMSP-TV. Before that, he spent 13 years here at KWQC.
Erik studied Meteorology and Broadcasting at Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil. Outside of his first year forecasting in the desert at KPNX in Phoenix, Erik has had a Midwestern career with stops in Traverse City, Michigan and Mason City, Iowa before heading to the Quad Cities. Growing up in Minnesota Erik is a HUGE hockey fan and loves to follow the Storm. In the warmer months you’ll find him at as many River Bandits or Lumber Kings games as he can fit in. Erik’s hobbies include woodworking, soap making and cooking. Outdoors He enjoys golfing and Nordic walking. He LOVES kayaking and is a certified kayaking instructor. While he enjoys setting sail on our local lakes and rivers you’re more likely to find him paddling on Lake Michigan or Lake Superior! Erik has 3 Quad Cities Marathons under his belt and numerous Bix 7s. Other outdoor endeavors include doing anything from flying kites to road-tripping. Don’t be surprised if Erik drives in to your town on any given weekend in his pride and joy: a red 1987 Porsche 924S He calls “The Chili Pepper”.
Erik enjoys speaking to school kids about weather and entertaining community groups with talks about weather, television, and his favorite subject: Erik Maitland! Thankfully, he’s kept humble by his daughter Eryn and his cats, named Puppy, Rupert, and Barnaby!
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Scott Hapgood, a Connecticut banker, was charged with manslaughter in the death of hotel worker Kenny Mitchel, a hotel worker, whom Hapgood says tried to rob him at knifepoint. The case is weighing heavily on the small island of just 15,000 people where many knew Mitchel as a hard-working father.